Federer rallies to reach Aussie quarters

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Roger Federer needed some time to get going in the Australian Open's fourth round, a match after a draining and difficult escape in which he was two points from defeat.

To be precise, he required a full set to get sorted.

After seeming sluggish while dropping the opener, Federer quickly righted himself and pushed through the next three sets without a hitch, reaching the 57th Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career by coming back to beat Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday.

Raptors seek 7th win in row, visit Spurs

Just when it looked like the San Antonio Spurs had things on track, they took another step back in a home loss to Phoenix on Friday. Now, things really get tough for the perplexing Spurs as they host surging Toronto on Sunday afternoon.

San Antonio sleepwalked through the second quarter on Friday, allowing the Suns to forge a 29-9 run that turned a seven-point lead into a 12-point halftime deficit from which it never recovered in a 103-99 loss. (MORE)

No. 4 SDSU aims for 21-0 start at UNLV

Fourth-ranked San Diego State can break a pair of school records when it goes for a 21st consecutive victory Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas against UNLV in a battle of the top two teams in the Mountain West Conference standings.

The Aztecs (20-0, 9-0 MW), the nation's only unbeaten team, tied their school record for best start to a season and also for consecutive wins with a 72-55 victory over visiting Wyoming on Tuesday. They equaled the mark first set by the 2010-11 squad -- led by Kawhi Leonard -- that finished 34-3 and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, where it lost to eventual national champion UConn 74-67. (MORE)

Pro Bowl packed with pending free agents

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) A number of Pro Bowlers are about to get paid.

And not just the relative pocket change ($35,000 or $70,000) that comes with competing in the NFL's annual all-star game in Orlando. (MORE)

LeBron passes Kobe for 3rd in scoring

PHILADELPHIA (AP) LeBron James was a teenager when he first met Kobe Bryant at a youth basketball camp, in awe of his idol and ears open as the Los Angeles Lakers star offered advice to the prodigy that has lasted to this day.

"I was just listening," James said. "I was just trying to soak everything up I could. I remember one thing he said was that if you want to try and be great at it, and want to be one of the greats, you've got to put the work in." (MORE)

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